How and why does Oxfam invest in small businesses?

At Oxfam we know that business has a major role to play in overcoming poverty, so we set up a programme to identify business opportunities in poor communities and support them to become successful enterprises. Maria Michalopoulou explains how the Enterprise Development Programme works and introduces the 2013 annual review.  “I was the first member of the co-op… I got fed …

Beyond the headcount: leadership for women’s rights

Chloe Safier introduces a new guide to placing women’s rights at the centre of development organisations and programmes. Transformative leadership goes beyond headcounts of women in senior positions, to promoting a style of leadership which embodies human rights and gender equality. Women’s inclusion in leadership is a popular issue.  Governments debate how many parliamentary seats to allocate to women;  companies …

Food and beverage industry must act on climate change

Climate change is threatening global food production, yet food companies are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. Here Danielle Smith our private sector policy officer explains why food and beverage companies need to clean up their act. What has climate change got to do with multinational food and beverage companies? In brief, agriculture and deforestation (largely driven by …

“Unless there is total peace I cannot go back”

Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 thousands have died and more than a million people have fled their homes. Nyakuoth Kuony and her family are among the many South Sudanese refugees now in Uganda, here Dora Ntunga shares Nyakuoth’s story. Last December, Nyakuoth Kuony was living happily in Unity, South Sudan, with her husband and five …

If I were president… how would the children of Mukuru change the world?

From vegetable-growing pilots and meteorologists to doctors and teachers. Mora McLagan hears the children of Mukuru’s hopes and dreams for the future and finds out what they would do if they could be President of Kenya for one day. Last month I was in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi where Oxfam has been working with our partner Sanergy to provide …

A child’s guide to solving inequality

Children whose parents can’t afford to pay school fees spend their days sorting through piles of rubbish in Mukuru, Nairobi. In the third of three blog posts about Mukuru Mora McLagan introduces the inspiring young people she met in school and out, and explains their hopes for a better future. Last month I was in Mukuru slum in Nairobi , …

Jaombi: a school on the edge of the world

Mora McLagan reports from Mukuru, Nairobi in the second of three blog posts on urban inequality. Improved toilets and hand washing facilities make for healthier pupils in Jaombi school, but the children’s education and the sanitation facilities are at risk as the school is threatened with eviction.  Mukuru has around 600,000 residents, yet there are only two government schools. The …

The Mukuru slum: a lesson in inequality

Mora McLagan and photographer Sam Tarling recently travelled to the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Here, in the first of a series of blog posts from Mukuru, she reports on the urban inequality she found there.  Like most of Oxfam’s supporters, two months ago you could have said the words ‘international development’ or ‘aid’ to me and I would have pictured …

More harm than good? UN’s Islands of Stability in DRC

As the UN renews the mandate for its peacekeeeping mission in DRC, Oxfam’s protection adviser Hannah Cooper questions the mission’s ‘Islands of Stability’ approach and calls for the safety and security of civilians to be prioritised. On 28 March 2013, the UN Security Council adopted an exceptional resolution with the potential to dramatically change peacekeeping forever. Resolution 2098 authorised the …

In good faith: working together in emergencies

What does effective partnership with faith based groups look like? Ben Phillips our humanitarian information management officer introduces an exciting collaboration between Oxfam and other NGOs to research how we can work with local faith based groups in emergency response. Faith is a sensitive subject at the best of times. Throw it into a humanitarian crisis where sectarianism is festering, …